How to Improve Radiator Performance

In every house, radiators are one of the most frequently used appliances. Since your heating system is likely to be operating for the majority of the autumn and winter months, it makes complete sense to take proper care of it as not doing so can become pretty costly. And the last thing anyone wants is to be calling out the boilerman at 3am during December…

When it comes to heating systems, a general rule of thumb is to get them serviced at least once every year.

This might seem a bit like servicing your car, but it certainly makes sure that the setup of your radiator is correct and that it adheres to the performance and safety norms. In this way, you’ll not only be able to benefit from its improved performance, but you will also save some dosh on those hefty heating bills as your system will be running as efficiently as it should be.

Nonetheless, apart from servicing your radiator, there still are some tricks which you can put to use in order to enhance its performance.

Speaking of increasing the efficiency of your radiator, spring and summer is the best time to make necessary changes to the radiators in your house since you won’t need them much and can do without it whilst the work is in progress.

That being said, Great Rads have put together a list of the top 4 ways to help you improve the efficiency of your radiator.

Use reflectors and stop heating the streets

For radiators fixed on exterior walls – which is usually because they’re placed below the window for convection – heat is spread all around, meaning 50% of it goes out from the back. This heat later goes to the walls of your house, particularly if you’re living in a property made of solid brick.

In order to avoid this, you must make use of reflectors since they stop the transfer of heat and direct it back into your house. This means that you won’t have to keep your radiator on for a longer period of time and can reduce the temperature, providing you own a thermostatic radiator valve. You see, reflectors can really work wonders and your bill payments will reflect that.

Regularly clean your radiator

Heating systems in general are hot, but there are some that are hotter than average. In simple words, when a radiator heats up, it causes the air surrounding it to rise, ultimately leading to draw up dust from the floor. When dust gets accumulated, it creates a layer of insulation, in turn lowering the performance of your radiator.

So, in order to enhance its efficiency, you’ve got to conduct routine clean ups, get rid of the dust using a vacuum and then wipe down the surface of the radiator.

Bring into play radiator additives

The working process of normal heating systems is to transfer the heat from the water which is in the radiator, to hot air. However, the water within the system lacks a few things…

This is where bringing into play an additive will work wonders for you – it will help you alter the heat transfer properties, meaning the liquid in the radiator will heat up quickly and remain hot for the long haul.

Also, the system will swiftly reach the set temperature and you won’t have to keep it on the entire day, meaning your pockets will start to become a lot heavier moving forward…

Check if there are any cold spots

Lastly, if you own a designer radiator that is fixed on the wall, the odds are that over a period of time, sludge might get accumulated in it, which will have a significant impact on its performance.

To check if it has build-up, cautiously touch the bottom of the radiator and see if you can identify cold spots. But be very careful when doing this and ensure that you don’t end up burning your fingers.

If you happen to spot any, then it’s a clear indication that sludge has accrued over time and you’ll require professional help to clean it.

Well, these were some of our tricks to enhance the efficiency of any radiator. We hope these turn out to be helpful and allow you to make some savings on your electricity bills. If you need any further assistance, get in touch with us today!


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